Emma Sanchez doesn't want help from anyone, especially when she thinks the expectation is to trade her affection for a Christmas tree! Rancher Hank Amaral gave his new neighbor the wrong impression when he tried to kiss her. Will Emma learn to trust a guy who genuinely wants to help her and her daughter have a special Christmas?
Jackie Marilla writes contemporary romance from the Hawaiian Islands and beyond. She and her husband live on a macadamia nut farm on the island of Hawai'i where they feed a clowder of cats and a flock of hodgepodge chickens. In a past life, she was an elementary school teacher.
A Christmas Chat with Jackie...
1) What is your favorite thing about Christmas?
I love to sit near my lighted Christmas tree with a cup of coffee in the quiet of morning. I’ve been known to leave my tree up until almost Valentine’s Day!
2) Do you have a special memory of the holidays you hold close to your heart?
My mom used to make several kinds of homemade candy for the holidays. We kids helped her. I remember operating the hand mixer while mom poured a hot sugar mixture into egg whites to make divinity. She made three kinds—white was vanilla with black walnuts, pink was coconut, and green was peppermint. I loved all three flavors.
3) What inspired you to write your Christmas Story?
I wanted to write a story that explored the theme of giving and receiving gracefully which lends itself nicely to Christmas. I knew I wanted a main character who wanted to be independent, but needed to learn how to accept help from others in order to take care of her daughter. I included a young child in my story and she serves as a catalyst for the theme. And, because I often write stories based in Hawai’i, I wanted to include some traditions from one of our ethnic groups. I chose to focus on a Portuguese family who have blended traditions from modern Hawai’i and old Portugal.
4) For fun…If you could kiss anyone under the mistletoe…Who would it be?
If I’m pretending that I can kiss anyone I want, then I will also pretend I am twenty-something again. In that scenario, I’d kiss Joe from my first book, Only on Valentine’s Day because he’s just such a gentleman.
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Connect with Jackie Marilla...
Amazon Author Page: bit.ly/amzn_marilla
Twitter Handle: @JackieMarilla